Record to­tal raised at last Lochy­side RC school fete

Staff and pupils pull out all the stops be­fore move

The Oban Times - - News - MON­ICA GIBSON mgib­son@oban­

LOCHY­SIDE Pri­mary School’s fi­nal fete in its cur­rent cam­pus raised a record-break­ing £ 5,500.

Staff and pupils pulled out all the stops to make the event a fit­ting cel­e­bra­tion of the school’s 54-year his­tory.

The school will be mov­ing to a new cam­pus at Caol af­ter the sum­mer break when it will be re-named St Columba RC Pri­mary.

The money raised at the fete, on Thurs­day May 26, will go to school funds.

Lochy­side head teacher Vi­o­let Smith said: ‘This was the last fete at our school as we will be mov­ing to our new school cam­pus in Septem­ber. The weather was fan­tas­tic and we had a huge crowd of peo­ple from the lo­cal community. It was a very so­cia­ble oc­ca­sion.

‘ We had lots of out­door ac­tiv­i­ties for the chil­dren as well as stalls in the hall.

‘There were many high­lights in­clud­ing Lochaber High School Wind Band which played some amaz­ing mu­sic in the out­door gar­den, Lochaber Pipe Band, and the ever-pop­u­lar Wheel of For­tune.

‘Ne­vis Ra­dio broad­cast its pro­gramme live from the fete. We were de­lighted to raise a record to­tal of £ 5,500 for school funds. This is a re­mark­able amount of money and we are ex­tremely grate­ful to the lo­cal busi­nesses and oth­ers who so gen­er­ously sup­ported the event. It was a nos­tal­gic even­ing for many of the peo­ple who at­tended as they shared their mem­o­ries of the school over the past 52 years.’

There is still a chance to visit the Lochy­side school and share mem­o­ries dur­ing an open week.

Ms Smith said: ‘We will be hold­ing an open week from June 20 to 24. We hope for­mer pupils, staff and par­ents will come along to the school where there will be an op­por­tu­nity to look at pho­to­graphic dis­plays and mem­o­ra­bilia from 1964 to the present time.’

There was a chance to have a go at bal­loon mod­el­ling at Lochy­side Pri­mary School’s fi­nal fete at its cur­rent cam­pus

Pony rides proved pop­u­lar at the event.

Pho­to­graphs by An­thony MacMil­lan.

Sis­ter Diane took on the role of the for­tune teller at Lochy­side’s fete.

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